Whata Swan put his name on an impressive list Saturday, May 28 by winning the $22,000 Open Handicap Trot in record time. Guided by Trace Tetrick, the new fastest trotting mile in Indiana is now held by Whata Swan in 1:50.3.
Whata Swan began his journey from post five and rolled right out to the lead. He set the first fraction in :27.2 and continued his dominance through the half in :55.2 and three-quarters in 1:23.3.
In the stretch, several horses were poised to overtake him but Whata Swan was too strong, fending off all challengers by two and one-half lengths with a final panel in :27.0. Flagman and Rick Plano closed in from the back to finish second over It’s a Herbie and Verlin Yoder to complete the all-Indiana sired trifecta.
Whata Swan was not the favorite. Flagman had that title. Whata Swan paid $4.80 for the win. The six-year-old Swan for All horse is owned by John Barnard and trained by Luis “Tony” Quevedo. Leonard Miller bred the stallion, who is now four for seven this season with all seven starts in the top three. His previous best time was taken last year at Harrah’s Hoosier Park in 1:51.2. Overall, the talented trotter is 34 for 105 with earnings over the $529,000 mark.
Whata Swan is part of the sixth crop of Swan for All, Indiana’s elite trotting stallion. He was purchased by Barnard for $39,000 and joins an impressive class that includes Summit City Swan, Swan on a Mission, Swandre the Giant, and Measuredperfection. Out of 49 sold at the sale that year, they have earned more than $5.5 million.
Barnard and Quevedo are no strangers to talented trotters. Whata Swan joins older half-brother Fiftydallarbill as a standout for the stable.